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Labour is worried that its Muslim supporters may not vote in the May local ...
Labour is worried that its Muslim supporters may not vote in the May local

elections, in protest against the Iraq war, so letting in BNP candidates,

BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

The BNP is fielding 200 candidates this year - four times as many as last

year - mainly in Labour-controlled authorities in the north of England,

Today said. It is contesting half the seats up for election in Oldham.

Oldham's Labour mayor, Riaz Ahmed, told the programme he was worried about

turnout. 'We are working extremely hard to make sure people come out and

vote on the local issues,' he said. 'We would appeal to the people that the

only way they can keep the BNP out is to come out and vote.'

In Calderdale the BNP is contesting eight of the 18 seats up for election.

Calderdale MBC's Conservative group leader, John Ford, said the BNP was

using the false argument that the council was spending more money on Asian


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